Washington — The U.S. government said on Friday that more than a dozen countries from Europe to the Middle East and Central Asia would pass through their territory as Americans and others evacuated from Kabul as they stepped up their evacuation efforts from Afghanistan. Announced that it will be allowed.
Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department, said Bahrain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Tajikistan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan are already Americans, or in some circumstances others. Their territories that have begun to pass, or have said they will begin to pass soon.
Reuters first reported that Germany and other countries in the Middle East had agreed to temporarily accept people evacuated from Kabul.
The U.S. is desperately trying to evacuate thousands of people from Afghanistan as reports of Taliban retaliation against Afghanistan in cooperation with U.S.-led troops increase and foreign forces are forced to accelerate evacuation efforts. is.
However, officials said no evacuation flights were nearly six hours away from Kabul, as an overflow at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar had already protected 8,000 Afghan refugees. These flights have resumed.
According to the transatlantic alliance NATO, more than 18,000 people have been spilled since the Taliban militants occupied the capital Kabul.
Most flights go from Kabul to Qatar and these countries, according to Price. He added that nearly 12 other countries have made “generous offers” regarding the migration of endangered Afghans.
The United Arab Emirates has agreed to accept 5,000 Afghan refugees on its way to a third country for 10 days at the request of the United States, the Foreign Ministry said.
Biden administration officials said Washington is actively working to secure additional agreements.
German Foreign Minister Mars said in a statement that Berlin had agreed with Washington to temporarily protect people at the Ramstein Air Force Base. It was not immediately clear which other European countries would be involved.
The Pentagon said the first flight would land in Germany later on Friday.
“From a military perspective, we need additional capabilities and we are grateful that other countries can help us,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
Washington is competing to expel people ahead of the August 31 deadline when its troops are leaving Afghanistan. President Joe Biden said earlier this week that US troops providing security for evacuation could stay longer if needed.
One of the major hurdles for those leaving Afghanistan continues to be a dangerous journey to Kabul Airport. The United States has so far failed to ensure safe passage to US citizens and others, but said it has obtained guarantees that it will not prevent people from arriving there from the Taliban.
However, reports from the ground suggested that this was not the case. Thousands of Afghans grabbed documents, children, and some belongings, still rushed to the airport, and Taliban terrorists with guns ordered those without travel documents to go home. Twelve people have died in and around the airport since Sunday, according to NATO and Taliban officials.
Those familiar with the situation in Al Udade, Qatar, reported that Afghan evacuees were rushing to hangars with little air conditioning, toilets, food and water, and the condition of the base was deteriorating.
According to one source, US officials are increasingly concerned about the upcoming logistics issues as they “currently don’t have enough food” to increase their arrivals.
By Idrees Ali and Humeira Pamuk